kayaker in Puget Sound learns a dangerous lesson

Posted: April 14, 2009 by Jeff Fabiszewski in Gear Reviews, Kayak Safety, Open Water Crossings
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Wisdom comes out of surviving, reflecting on, and not repeating our mistakes. A book or video will never teach how quick a mistake can turn into an obituary. I am glad that Scott Redfern did not become a statistic.

Several blogers have remarked about the near death of a man kayaking during a small craft advisory in Puget Sound on March 16, 2009.  Follow these links to the original video and the West Seattle Blog.

April 11th, 2009 - Scott Fern, a kayaker who was caught by large waves in Puget Sound and then brought safely to shore on March 16th, shares his story and gives a belated thank you to his rescuers. KING 5's Elisa Hahn reports.

April 11th, 2009 - Scott Fern, a kayaker who was caught by large waves in Puget Sound and then brought safely to shore on March 16th, shares his story and gives a belated thank you to his rescuers. KING 5's Elisa Hahn reports. I borrowed this image from Hans Heupink's blog

Check out Hans Heupink’s and Björn Thomasson’s blog

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Comments
  1. Irish Luck says:

    Mistakes: 1 – bad clothing choices for 42’ F water, 2 – did not check the weather report, 3 – no float plan, 4 – no spray skirt to prevent water from entering the cockpit, 5 – bad judgment in reading the water conditions, 6 – no training with bracing & rolling (granted he would have to had been wearing a spray skirt for either to work) 7 – never practiced a self rescue in four foot breaking swells, 8 – no signal flares to signal distress (lucky that a ferryboat say him).

    He could have become a line in an obituary.

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